31 October

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In Music History

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1970 Michelle Phillips, of The Mamas & The Papas, marries actor Dennis Hopper; the marriage is annulled seven days later.

1970 Linn Berggren (of Ace of Base) is born in Gothenburg, Sweden.

1967 The Stooges make their live debut at a Detroit, Michigan, Halloween party.

1967 Vanilla Ice is born Robert Matthew Van Winkle in Dallas, Texas.

1967 Adam Schlesinger (bassist for Fountains of Wayne) is born in New York City.

1966 Adam Horovitz (aka Ad-Rock of Beastie Boys) is born in Manhattan, New York. He shouts out his own birthday in the song "The New Style."

1965 Lead singer Wayne Fontana leaves his group The Mindbenders.

1964 "Baby Love" by The Supremes goes to #1 in America, giving them their second chart-topper (following "Where Did Our Love Go") and making them the first Motown act with two #1 hits.

1964 Landing in Boston, Ray Charles is arrested when heroin and marijuana are found when he is searched at customs. He enters rehab to avoid jail.

1963 Johnny Marr (guitarist, songwriter for The Smiths) is born in Ardwick, Manchester, England.

1961 U2 drummer Larry Mullen is born in Artane, Dublin, Ireland.

1960 The Everly Brothers record "Ebony Eyes."

1960 Elvis Presley records "In My Father's House," "Joshua Fit the Battle," "Swing Down, Sweet Chariot," "I'm Gonna Walk Dem Golden Stairs," "If We Never Meet Again," "Known Only to Him," "Crying In The Chapel," and "Working On The Building."

1958 The Flamingos record "I Only Have Eyes For You."

1952 When his original guitarist has a stroke just before a New Year's Eve gig, popular St. Louis boogie-woogie pianist Johnnie Johnson hires a 26-year-old hairdresser named Chuck Berry for his group The Sir John's Trio.

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